The birthstone for the month of February is the stunning purple amethyst. Amethyst is a well-known and admired quartz crystal that forms in beautiful shades of purple and violet. The name amethyst is derived from Greek legend and words that mean ‘to prevent intoxication’ and the gemstone is said to symbolize courage and inner strength. Amethyst was likewise consistently designated as the February birthstone in the old Roman, Italian, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic and the old Indian (Ayurvedic) calendar.
The birthstone for march is aquamarine meaning 'water of the sea' in Latin. It has a rich color and has long been a symbol of youth, health and hope. Its mesmerizing color ranges from pale to deep blue and are reminiscent of the sea. Aquamarine is generally very pale in color to almost transparent.
It was long thought that aquamarine has a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift.